The recruitment for the new Chief of Police for Barrie, Ontario began with an advertisement in the Globe and Mail on February 6th, 2010. Usually the response to an ad in the career section of the Globe and Mail results solely in applications from potential candidates but this job opening is generating a lot more attention. The Barrie City Council Meeting brought up concerns from councillors regarding the origin of the job posting and many questions to Mayor Dave Aspen regarding his involvement. The controversy doesn’t stop there. With Rick Jones’ resignation as chairperson of the Barrie Police Services Board, Mayor Aspen becomes acting chairperson. One board member is absent due to assault charges and three of the four remaining have denied any involvement in placing the ad, which appeared two days after Police Chief Wayne Frechette threatened to resign.
Despite the political turmoil, there is an opening for the position of Chief of Police in Barrie, Ontario as the current Police Chief is expected to retire on September 1, 2010.
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